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2018 Midterms

Maine First Lady Ann LePage tells Boston talk show host Howie Carr about her surprise phone call from Bannon



The First Lady of Maine was the guest Friday of Howie Carr on The Howie Carr Show in Boston, where she told Carr that Stephen K. Bannon wants her to run for Senate in 2018 against Sen. Angus S. King Jr. (I.-Maine).
“Two weeks ago my life was just real simple,” Ann LePage, the wife of  Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage. The announced Republican candidate is state Sen. Eric Brakey, who represents a district in the southern part of the state.
Then, she got a surprising phone call from Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, on the other end asking her to run for Senate.
Bannon, who returned to Breitbart after a 12-month stint as the CEO of President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and then, upon the New York developer’s moving to the White House, the president’s chief strategist. Bannon now leads an effort to support the Trump agenda from the outside. The centerpiece of Bannon’s effort is his creating of a slate of nationalist-populist candidates to challenge in 2018 GOP primary candidates, who are aligned with Senate Majority Leader A. Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.).
Carr told LePage: “My producer and I talk to Breitbart people, they tell us they are in contact with you and if your husband doesn’t want to run, they want you to run for the Senate.
Maine’s first lady said there was one phone call.
“They called once. I was driving,” she said. “My daughter called me and told me not to panic, and said that Steve Bannon is going to be calling m–I had to pull over because I was dumbfounded.”
Did Bannon ask you to run? Carr asked her.
“He asked me if I would consider it,” she said.
“He told me to talk to the governor and that he wanted me to meet some people, and to go home and pray about it.  To be honest, I didn’t take it seriously,” she said. “Then I started getting phone calls.”
Enter Steve Robinson, the show’s executive producer, and a Maine native: “America needs Senator Ann LePage.”
Getting serious, the first lady said she husband’s traveling and work schedule have meant that the two have not yet had a real conversation about it.
Besides, she said she already has a job. “I like my waitressing gig.” said Ann.
Carr asked Page if her husband was running again. “If he isn’t interested in running, would you be interested? “said Carr.
“Don’t be coy,” he said.
“Ask him next week when he is on your show,” she said.
Listen to the whole interview here:


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2018 Midterms

WATCH: Corey Stewart Demolishes Tim Kaine In First Virginia Senate Debate



HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA — Republican U.S. Senate nominee Corey Stewart galvanized the crowd at his first debate against Democrat incumbent Tim Kaine, winning major applause on nearly every point.

PBS moderator Judy Woodruff was surprisingly fair, giving Stewart a chance to obliterate Kaine from all angles while the Hillary Clinton running mate stood frozen, shellshocked, a grim look on his face. Kaine frequently said that he agrees with President Trump when attacked head-on by Stewart. During Stewart’s segments, Kaine furrowed his brows and glanced desperately at his campaign staff, who seemed demoralized by Stewart’s upset victory.

The only time the Kaine campaign team managed to influence the TV cameras occurred when they all laughed loudly at Stewart’s accurate claim that President Trump is standing up to Russia. But even the dying Russian collusion narrative could not save Kaine from the shellacking that was waiting for him at the Omni Homestead Resort. When the debate was over, press cameras raced to surround Stewart while Kaine flop-sweated through a few perfunctory interviews in a lesser corner.

Stewart rose to the occasion regarding the media’s prime talking point about him: that he is somehow racist because he has met racists, whom he disavowed. Given multiple chances by Stewart, Kaine refused to condemn an anti-Semitic office mate in Charlottesville, saying only that her well-documented anti-Semitic views on foreign policy are “not necessarily my” views.

Here is the entire beatdown in full. We will be highlighting different aspects of this epic smackdown as the day goes on and the people of Virginia acclimate themselves to what has just become a dead-on competitive U.S. Senate race.

Rewind this PBS Newshour livestream (the debate starts at around -1:28:00):

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